Please select your home edition
Edition
Giacomo Yacht Sale

Francis Joyon's legendary quest on hold in New York

by Mer et Media on 17 May 2013
Francis Joyon, IDEC on standby in New York © V. Curutchet / DPPI / IDEC http://www.trimaran-idec.com/
On a legendary record quest, Francis Joyon is at North Cove Marina in New York taking care of his maxi trimaran IDEC. On Thursday 16th May, the official stand-by began as he awaits a weather opportunity to tackle the North Atlantic record between Ambrose Light and the Lizard.

Francis Joyon is in the thick of it. From Thursday 16th May, in association with his faithful router, Jean-Yves Bernot, the helmsman of the maxi-trimaran IDEC has been watching the weather closely.


The goal is to find the right low-pressure area – or preferably one which strengthens off the Gulf of Saint Lawrence – to be able to sail straignt across the North Atlantic in under five days 19 hours and 29 minutes. Or in other words keeping up an average speed of 21 knots… These figures may appear beyond belief and out of reach of ordinary sailors. But Francis Joyon is not just anyone and the maxi-trimaran IDEC is not just any old boat.

Fortunately, as when sailing solo, the task is truly reserved for an elite. We can remember how Ellen MacArthur just missed out on it, and indeed only five solo sailors have managed to improve on the record launched by Bruno Peyron back in 1987. A time beaten by Florence Arthaud, before Bruno Peyron grabbed the record back. Then, there was Laurent Bourgnon and yes, already up there, Francis Joyon. It was in 2005 aboard the first IDEC trimaran (six days and four hours). In 2008, Thomas Coville bettered that time with the record that is still his today after completing the voyage in five days 19 hours and 29 minutes.

'This is not an easy record,' Francis Joyon warned us. 'To keep up such a high average speed, you need to find the right weather and work hard at it all the time without any easing off.'

So that is the real difficulty from a mathematical perspective… while in terms of sailing, he will also have to deal with the legendary mists, marine animals, shipping… and maybe also the wind dropping off as he approaches the coast of SW England.

For Francis Joyon and IDEC, this is a huge challenge. If he pulls this off, Joyon will become the only sailor ever to claim the Grand Slam of outright records. The skipper of IDEC already holds three other record times: the solo round the world record, the 24-hour distance record and the Columbus Route record. It will also be a way for him to gain his revenge after a failed attempt in 2011, when IDEC capsized at the start in New York. An incident that shows just how tricky the task of sailing this incredible wind-making machine can be, and indeed how scary it can be for a solo yachtsman.

The North Atlantic record requires an all-out effort. However, that is something that attracts Joyon, who enjoys taking it to the limit, while making it all look so easy, giving the impression that he is just doing a normal sailor’s job. Two things that are far from being the case in reality.

The five record times so far set on solo crossings of the North Atlantic:

1987 : Bruno Peyron, catamaran, Explorer, in 11 days, 11 hours 46 minutes and 36 seconds
1990 : Florence Arthaud, trimaran, Pierre 1er, in 9 days, 21 hours and 42 minutes
1992 : Bruno Peyron, catamaran, Explorer, in 9 days, 19 hours and 22 minutes
1994 : Laurent Bourgnon, trimaran, Primagaz, in 7 days, 2 hours, 34 minutes and 42 seconds
2005 : Francis Joyon, trimaran, IDEC 1, in 6 days, 4 hours, 01 minute and 37 seconds
2008 : Thomas Coville, trimaran, Sodebo, in 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 Trimaran IDEC website

Mackay BoatsKZRaceFurlersProtector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

Louis Vuitton America's Cup – Oracle take a win
Here is my recap of the third day of racing including my comparison of the quips from the press conference In summary, Oracle Team USA have used the five days off wisely and have definitely found some speed which made for a great day of racing on the water, and some awesome banter off the water! ETNZ and OTUSA are now all but even in the match up, but the Kiwis are still 4-1.
Posted today at 11:59 am
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - Day 2
Day Two of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week brought brisk west-south-westerly breezes which peaked early at 15 knots Day Two of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week brought brisk west-south-westerly breezes which peaked early at 15 knots, and humid, almost tropical conditions that scattered the sky with puffy clouds.
Posted today at 7:36 am
C. Thomas Clagett Regatta - Challenging conditions for Day 2
Mother nature decided the turn on a performance for the second day of racing at the 15th C. Thomas Clagett Regatta Mother nature decided the turn on a performance for the second day of racing at the 15th C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta, and in turn the race committee delayed the start of racing by two and a half hours to allow thunderstorms to pass.
Posted today at 2:56 am
Long Beach Race Week kicks off with a blast
Southwesterly winds of 12 knots built to 20, at several marks on three courses, which hosted 120 boats in 15 classes. The new Pac52 designs proved a thrill in the fresh conditions, but didn’t have a corner on the excitement; with tight racing among the 30-year-old Schock 35 fleet, vying for their Pacific Coast Championship title. Robert Marcus’ Schock sat at the top of the leaderboard in that eight-boat division.
Posted on 24 Jun
Quantum gets nearer to victory at Audi Sailing Week 52 Super Series
The four days of racing so far have been suspenseful and have seen several TP52 teams alternate in the leading positions After today's racing the provisional results see Quantum Racing in first place followed by a new entry: Provezza IX in second place and Rán Racing in third.
Posted on 24 Jun
52 Super Series – Audi Sailing Week – Closing the deal
Provezza go into Sunday’s final two scheduled windward-leeward races poised only two points behind the Quantum Racing Ergin Imre’s Provezza won a 30 nautical mile coastal race today to promote the Turkish flagged team to second place on the overall standings and give them a fighting chance of winning their first regatta in four years of participation
Posted on 24 Jun
Para World Sailing Championships going down to the wire
Three races across all three Para World Sailing disciplines were conducted and the leaderboards going into Sunday In amongst Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) sailing festival, the sailors racing across the 2.4 Norlin OD, Men’s Hansa 303 and Women’s Hansa 303, all One Person Keelboats, were tested by a south westerly 13-16 knot breeze, somewhat less than the 20+ knots that pushed them to survival mode the day prior.
Posted on 24 Jun
Audi Sailing Week - TP52 Super Series – Day 4 images by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from coastal race six Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from coastal race six
Posted on 24 Jun
BIRW - Day 5 - All good things must come to an end
Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his team. Chris Lewis still looked a bit stunned as he stood on the dock at Payne’s drinking a mudslide while surrounded by his jubilant team. Lewis and his crew on Kenai had just pulled off a stunning comeback and somewhat surprising upset, doing so in dramatic fashion.
Posted on 24 Jun
Block Island Race Week - Day 4 - Fun in the sun
There’s a reason why Challenge IV has captured J/44 class in six straight editions of Block Island Race Week. There’s a reason why Challenge IV has captured J/44 class in six straight editions of Block Island Race Week. It’s because skipper Jeffrey Willis and crew know how to put the hammer down when it matters.
Posted on 24 Jun